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Philly had won six straight

11/18/2003

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Nic Wallin has been in and out of the
Carolina lineup this season with the team carrying eight
defensemen. He certainly has made the most of his ice time.

Jeff O'Neill and Wallin scored in the final 10 minutes of
regulation as the Hurricanes ended the Philadelphia Flyers'
six-game winning streak with a 2-2 tie Tuesday night.

Wallin, a defenseman who has three goals in two games this
season against the Flyers, tied it with 2:19 left, crashing the net
as the puck trickled behind Jeff Hackett.

"The puck hit something of mine," Wallin said. "We got a
dirty goal, but those count, too."

Wallin's three goals have come on just eight shots.

"He's such a valuable player on our team, he's just so
hard-nosed," said Rod Brind'Amour, who assisted on both Carolina
goals. "You know what you're going to get out of that guy. He may
not look gracious or be the most skilled guy, but he's always
there."

Carolina trailed 2-0 before O'Neill got the Hurricanes back in
it midway through the third, scoring his first goal in 11 games on
the power play.

Wallin's goal came after two tremendous back-to-back pad saves
by Carolina's Kevin Weekes against Jeremy Roenick, who had his
eight-game point streak snapped.

Roenick was still shaking his head in the locker room after the
game.

"I don't know how he got them, especially the second one,"
Roenick said. "He allowed them to get that point. When we have 43
shots on net and the goaltender stands on his head like that,
you've got to commend him."

Weekes, who had 41 saves, kept the Flyers from winning when he
stopped Eric Desjardins on a breakaway on a sprawling save with
1:44 left in overtime.

"I didn't have too much time to think on that one," Weekes
said. "That's why I kind of did a snow angel. I didn't have time
to establish my position so I just made an instinctive move
there."

Simon Gagne and former Hurricane Sami Kapanen gave the Flyers a two-goal lead in
the first 6:06 of the third after a scoreless two periods.

Although Hackett faced just nine shots in the opening 30 minutes,
Weekes was spectacular in the second, turning away 21. That
included one in close against John LeClair 1:07 into the period and
five tough ones during Philadelphia's first power play.

Carolina's initial man advantage didn't come until there was
less than three minutes left in the second, but the Hurricanes
couldn't generate any good chances against the NHL's top penalty
killing unit.

"We just kind of stayed in it, which is good," Carolina coach
Paul Maurice said about the two-goal comeback. "We scratched and
clawed."

Game notes
Carolina D Bob Boughner will miss two to four weeks after a
left knee injury suffered in Monday's practice. He missed seven
games to start the season with a broken hand. ... Linesman Tim
Nowak left late in the first period for stitches near his right eye
after accidentally being checked into the boards. He returned to
start the second. ... Philadelphia D Marcus Ragnarsson was a
healthy scratch for the first time this season.